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Ted Nash LIVE at The Jazz Bar at the Kitano!

May 24, 2013

ted-nash1Multi-instrumentalist Ted Nash’s interest in music started at an early age. Exposed to music and encouraged by his father, trombonist Dick Nash, and uncle, reedman Ted Nash – both well-known studio and jazz musicians – the younger Nash started playing the piano when he was seven. By the time he turned 12, he had started playing the clarinet; a year later he picked up the alto sax.

Nash blossomed early, a “young lion” before the term became marketing vernacular. In high school Nash had the good fortune to study jazz improvisation with Charlie Shoemake, the innovative teacher and well-respected vibraphonist. Nash’s first gig came when he was only 16. At that young juncture he played a week in Hawaii with legendary vibraphonist and band leader, Lionel Hampton. The same year he won an audition to play lead alto with the Quincy Jones band, and by the time he was 17 Nash had toured Europe, appeared on three records, and was performing regularly with the likes of Don Ellis, Louie Bellson and Toshiko Akiyoshi, as well as leading his own quintet.

Recognized as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, on this fine recent album, “The Creep” (Plastic Sax), he draws inspiration from the free-jazz maverick Ornette Coleman. He revisits that premise here, with the album’s cast: Ron Horton on trumpet, Paul Sikivie on bass and Ulysses Owens on drums. See you at the show!

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